The biggest use of purpose-built medical tablets in the healthcare space isn’t just thanks to the fact that doctors and nurses stay on the leading edge of technology. As a demographic, medical professionals adopted smartphone technology in advance of and in greater numbers than the rest of the professional community.
It is, in fact, driven by the fact that patients find medical tablets give them more freedom to stay in touch with their healthcare providers (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health plan administrators). Tablet use by healthcare professionals means patients have greater access than ever to those directly and indirectly involved with their health.
Nowhere is this truer than in hospital settings, patients can stay updated on a regular basis when their chart is readily available, easy to access with a tap.
However, most healthcare professionals consider implementing or improving mobile technologies to be a high or mid-level priority not just due to patient trust levels and satisfaction, but from actual benefits to patient safety, particularly in hospital settings. Tablets allow:
- Faster, more accurate patient monitoring and data collection, including the ability to use mobile broadband and Wi-Fi enabled interfaces to track patient monitoring devices and medical instruments, with connectivity and ability to receive updated data in real time.
- Dashboard access to all vital patient data, covering patients, prescriptions, diagnostics, legal, financial and operational information summaries and details.
- Reliable appointment scheduling to enhance patient care after discharge – including doctor and nurse visits, laboratory tests, reminders, and re-scheduling.
- Prescriptions management, including authorizations, refills, patient-drug interaction and dosage management.
- Reduction of error prone human data entry by feeding in data from patient care systems.
- Easy access to patient data at a variety of authorized levels to ensure appropriate patient care and stay compliant with privacy laws.
Medical tablet tech allows doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel to communicate virtually and more effectively, while keeping privacy and security of all data properly protected – important in all healthcare settings, and particularly in medical military scenarios.
Tablet computers are gaining an increasing foothold in the healthcare sector across all segments, and increasing tablet adoption in the healthcare industry provides endless possibilities for the improvement of patient safety and care. Deploying purpose-built medical tablets across a wide range of hospital facilities and specialty clinics as well as in first responder settings can only lead to better patient outcomes.